By DEB MOORE, UK Athletics
LEXINGTON – Kentucky sophomore men’s golfer Cullan Brown has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his left thigh. Treatment will require chemotherapy and surgery.
Brown has withdrawn from Kentucky and will also not compete during the 2019-20 season as he spends the year focusing on his health.
The 2019-20 UK men’s golf team will use the hashtag #B4B this season to honor their teammate as their team slogan. It stands for “Birdies for Brownie,” and it is already been stitched on clothing and hats within the team’s official tournament gear.
“Our hearts are hurting for Cullan and his family,” UK head coach Brian Craig said. “I honestly do not believe God has ever created a young man as unique and special as Cullan. His love for people and his giftedness are extraordinary. We, as a team, could not love him any more than we do and we will stand with him through this challenge with fervent loyalty, support and prayer.
“Cullan has always been full of faith and hope and enthusiasm with everything in his life. He and God are going to whip this thing over the next year and it is going to be one sweet victory. I also know God will ultimately use this in Cullan’s life to bless other people who are facing difficult challenges. What a story of faith, hope and courage he is going to have to help lift up other people and I can’t wait until that day comes.”
Brown garnered four top-20 finishes last year when he was named to the all-SEC freshman team. In his first career postseason event, he tied for ninth at the SEC Championship. He registered 10 par-or-better rounds throughout his freshman season.
“The UK men’s golf team and our entire athletics department are behind Cullan and his family,” UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said. “This news was difficult to hear, but the same things that make Cullan such an extraordinary competitor, teammate and young man are why we know he can overcome this.
“We ask the Big Blue Nation to join us in rallying behind him while respecting the privacy of the Brown family.”